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To continue using our website and consent to the use of cookies, click away from this box or click 'Close' Find out about our cookies and how to change them Environment Log in Your login is case sensitive I have forgotten my password close My New Scientist Look for Science Jobs IPCC: World must adapt to unknown climate future Metal-eating plants could mine riches through roots Slow-motion tremors make Tokyo megaquake more likely TODAY: 14:00 16 April 2014. Australia passes landmark carbon price laws.

Australia Senate backs carbon tax. 8 November 2011Last updated at 09:58 Australia is the developed world's worst polluter per head of population Australia's Senate has approved a controversial law on pollution, after years of bitter political wrangling.

Australia Senate backs carbon tax

The Clean Energy Act will force the country's 500 worst-polluting companies to pay a tax on their carbon emissions from 1 July next year. The Senate vote is a victory for Prime Minister Julia Gillard, who had given strong backing to the plan. Environmentalists have broadly backed the scheme, but there have been large public protests against it. Australian MPs pass carbon tax. Julia Gillard, Australia's Labor party prime minister, has succeeding in getting a carbon tax through the lower house of parliament.

Australian MPs pass carbon tax

Photograph: Scott Barbour/Getty The Australian government has cleared the major hurdle towards bringing in one of the world's biggest carbon emissions trading schemes after MPs passed two bills that are expected to be voted into law by senators next month. Environment News. Latest green news Why the carbon tax should stay Jemma Green There is no shortage of people advocating to 'scrap the carbon tax', saying that it will reduce electricity prices and make Australia more competitive.

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But it doesn’t stack up when you look at the numbers, says Jemma Green. Economy Is the world going to run out of food? Eduardo Porter Two centuries ago a dour Englishman predicted that exponential population growth would condemn humanity to the edge of subsistence. Exxon Mobil sees little risk to fossil fuel assets Exxon Mobil, the world's largest publicly traded oil company, says risks related to climate change pose little risk to its oil and gas reserves because the resources will be needed to meet expected growth in energy demand. Beachfront land rights head to court.

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Advantages and Disadvantages of Global Warming. Updated April 04, 2010 In February 2007, the United Nations released a scientific report that concludes that global warming is happening and will continue to happen for centuries.

Advantages and Disadvantages of Global Warming

The report also stated with 90% certainty that the activity of humans has been the primary cause of increasing temperatures over the past few decades. With those conclusions and the conclusions of innumerable other scientists that global warming is here and will continue into the foreseeable future, I wanted to summarize the likely effects of global warming, into the advantages and disadvantages of global warming. First, we will look at the many disadvantages of global warming and then follow with the very small number of advantages of global warming. Disadvantages of Global Warming Ocean circulation disrupted, disrupting and having unknown effects on world climate.

CarbonCycle. KScience - Animations. The Carbon Cycle Game. What Is The Greenhouse Effect? The Greenhouse Effect is the atmosphere’s ability to trap heat from the sun, which causes the Earth’s climate to be warmer and more stable than it otherwise would be.

What Is The Greenhouse Effect?

Understanding The Atmosphere Our atmosphere acts like glass on a greenhouse, allowing light and heat to penetrate and warm the Earth while slowing the radiation of heat back out into space. This effect is essential for life on Earth as we know it, and it all depends on a fragile layer of gas. Cause and effect for global warming. Maps predict future floods for cities - ABC Melbourne - Australian Broadcasting Corporation. Updated December 15, 2010 11:57:00.

Maps predict future floods for cities - ABC Melbourne - Australian Broadcasting Corporation

OzCoasts Climate change: Sea level rise maps. With around 85% of Australia's population living in the coastal zone, rising sea levels and storm surges will have significant impacts on many of our coastal towns and cities.

OzCoasts Climate change: Sea level rise maps

Understanding the risks to infrastructure and private property is particularly important for highly populated urban areas. The Australian Government has developed a series of initial sea level rise maps to illustrate the potential impacts of climate change for key urban areas. You can access the maps by selecting a region in the box on the right, or by clicking on the map below. The maps have been prepared by combining a sea level rise value with a high tide value. They illustrate an event that could be expected to occur at least once a year, but possibly more frequently, around the year 2100. OzCoasts Climate change: Visualising sea-level rise - Melbourne region - Williamstown and Rosebud to Bass. Maps have been prepared for three sea-level rise scenarios of 0.5m, 0.8m and 1.1m,relevant for the 2100 period.

OzCoasts Climate change: Visualising sea-level rise - Melbourne region - Williamstown and Rosebud to Bass

You may notice that some of the areas highlighted as low lying and vulnerable are the same ones that are already prone to flooding in big storms. However, it is important to remember that the maps show flooding that may occur annually, or in some areas more frequently, around the turn of the century. The big storms of 2100 are likely to flood an even larger area.

The sea-level rise scenarios have been combined with a nominal highest astronomical tide (HAT) value for the region, and are based on IPCC projections and more recent science. The maps are based on a simple 'bucket fill' approach and should be considered as approximate only. For more information go to frequently asked questions Note: These maps are a communication tool only and are not suitable for decision-making. Select a region by clicking on a box below. What do these maps show? Are more detailed studies required? The Greenhouse Effect - Thermodynamics, Heat, Climate Change. Greenhouse_2011. Google Image Result for. Global Warming Interactive, Global Warming Simulation, Climate Change Simulation. The Nitrogen Cycle. Nitrogen Cycle.